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October 29, 2003
And on the other side ...

After an attack by Al Sharpton, calling Dean's agenda 'anti-black', how can Dean respond affirmatively?

Howard Dean's opposition to affirmative action, his current support for the death penalty and historic support of the NRA's [National Rifle Association's] agenda amounts to an anti-black agenda that will not sell in communities of color in this country," Sharpton said in a statement.

Can this be a tripwire to the Dean campaign? After all:

Until now, the Dean campaign's brushes with racial issues have been less vitriolic. Earlier this year, some critics, noting that Dean comes from a heavily white state and campaigns extensively via the Internet, questioned his ability to reach low-income and minority voters.

Taking a page from my previous post, would the Dean campaign consider Carol Mosely-Braun as a potential VP choice? She's obviously not going to be a factor in the primaries and is running primarily to rebuild her reputation after some embarrassing incidents over the past year. She's been quietly impressive in that she hasn't been a far-left presence on the stump, unlike Sharpton, who makes speeches on behalf of unreconstructed Stalinists like ANSWER. She'd be an asset in all the same ways Condi Rice would for Bush -- a professional, electable African-American woman on a major party ticket for the first time. Maybe ....

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 29, 2003 8:21 AM

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